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Great gardens in Mansfield

Tuesday 25th September 2007

Gardening excellence was celebrated in Mansfield on Monday at the awards ceremony for winners of the Best Kept Gardens competition.

Chairman Barry Answer presents Paula with her Best Kept Garden award

Fifty-two gardens and 350 allotments were entered into this year's contest, in various categories including best front and best back garden, best container or hanging basket and best allotment plot.

But the top prize on everyone's mind was the best overall garden and this went to Paula Barrett of Sheepbridge Lane, who also came first in the best back garden category.

Paula, who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and uses a wheelchair, was delighted with winning the award. She said:

"It was such a surprise to have won because I haven't actually been gardening very long. When we were invited to the ceremony I thought I'd possibly won third, but to come first in two categories is just fantastic.

"We've put a lot of work into the garden to adapt it for easy wheelchair access, using raised beds and sinks, so this makes it quite an unusual garden. I hope my winning will show to other disabled people that life isn't over just because you have a disability. In fact, it can very often open new doors and give people a whole new quality of life."

Other prizes were given to Mr and Mrs Marshall for best front garden, Mr G E Haslam for best allotment and Wynndale Primary School won the Best Wildlife Conservation Area category.

Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said:

"Well done to all the winners of this year's Best Kept Gardens competition and especially to Paula, who's success is a fantastic achievement.

"We had an excellent turnout of entries – more than double that of last year, which shows more and more people are getting out there and improving their own green spaces. Hopefully the competition will continue to grow and we'll have even more entries next year."

Please see below for a full list of the categories and winners:

Best Front Garden

3rd Sue Wills & Kerry Fox

(joint) D Collins

2nd Mr D Garton

1st Mr & Mrs Marshall

Best Back Garden

3rd Mr A Toomer

2nd Mr & Mrs Harvey

1st Paula Barrett

Best Container/Hanging Basket

3rd Mr & Mrs Harvey

(joint) Mr & Mrs Marshall

2nd Mrs E Nettleship

1st Mrs M Edson

Best Commercial Premises/Pub

2nd Warsop Parish Centre, Church Warsop

1st Ashlands Residential Care Home, Rainworth

Best Kept Street in the District of Mansfield

2nd Millennium Court, Mansfield

1st Southgate Road, Warsop

Best Wildlife/Conservation Area

2nd Mr Gilmour Minor

1st Wynndale Primary School

Most Outstanding Garden in the District

3rd Mr J T Goddard

2nd Mr & Mrs Marshall

1st Mrs Patricia Morris

Best Allotment Plot

Best newcomer: Hazel Dollery

3rd Mr G Mills

2nd Mrs J Gammond

1st Mr G E Haslam

Best All Round Garden

Paula Barrett

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